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McKinnis House by Candlelight 6:00 pm
McKinnis House by Candlelight @ McKinnis House at Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Dec 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
You’re invited to step back in time to 1847 and join the McKinnis family as they open their doors during the holiday season. “McKinnis House by Candlelight” runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the McKinnis House at Litzenberg Memorial Woods, 6100 U.S. 224, west of Findlay. All ages are welcome for the Hancock Park District’s free program and registration is not required. Guests will be welcomed into the kitchen where the ladies will be making gingerbread cookies. Guests can move on to the sitting room to see who’s around the fireplace and participate in a holiday sing-along. When guests reach the bedchamber, they can see the McKinnis’ Christmas tree and learn why the family was just starting to try new holiday traditions. Some family members did not yet believe in the holiday by 1847, and guests can hear about why. For more information, visit www.HancockParks.com or call the park office at 419-425-7275.
A Quartet Christmas 7:00 pm
A Quartet Christmas @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm
Findlay’s own national recording artists, Sojourner Quartet, presents “A Quartet Christmas” with special guest pianist, Susan Kayser. The Quartet includes Isaac Steinhour (tenor and Findlay High School graduate), Mark May (lifelong Findlay native, baritone and member since 1992), Larry Counterman (bass and Indiana resident), and Jeff McGlade (lead vocals and Findlay resident since 1984).
Sojourner Quartet Christmas Concert and Dinner 5:00 pm
Sojourner Quartet Christmas Concert and Dinner @ Gilboa United Methodist Church
Dec 4 @ 5:00 pm
Sojourner Quartet of Findlay will perform a Christmas concert at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at Gilboa United Methodist Church, 102 Franklin St., Gilboa. A festive dinner will be served beginning at 5 p.m. The concert and dinner are by donation and are open to the public.
Riley Creek UMC Christmas Carol Sing 7:30 pm
Riley Creek UMC Christmas Carol Sing @ Riley Creek United Methodist Church
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm
Riley Creek United Methodist Church will host its 45th annual Christmas Carol Sing at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4. The program will feature congregational singing of many traditional carols, as well as readings from Scripture about Jesus’ birth, special performances by the Pandora United Methodist Church Choir, Ottawa Saints Peter and Paul Choir, other musicians and a candle lighting ceremony. The church is located southeast of Ottawa and northwest of Pandora at the intersection of Putnam County roads M and 7-L.
Forum Christmas Festival 11:00 am
Forum Christmas Festival @ Yoder Recital Hall at Bluffton University
Dec 6 @ 11:00 am
The Bluffton University music department will present “Christmas Festival” during Forum in Yoder Recital Hall. The event will feature University Chorale, directed by Jonathan Wey; Camerata Singers, directed by Mark Suderman; Saxophone Ensemble, coached by Adam Schattschneider; Low Brass Ensemble, directed by Roy Couch; and a vocal solo, directed by Crystal Sellers Battle.
Trail Hike for Kids 1:00 pm
Trail Hike for Kids @ Riverbend Recreation Area - Shelter 1
Dec 10 @ 1:00 pm
A trail hike for kids led by Chris Allen, Hancock Park District program specialist, will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 10 beginning at Shelter 1 at Riverbend Recreation Area. The free program requires no registration. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
Siberian Solstice 5:30 pm
Siberian Solstice @ Trinity Lutheran Church
Dec 10 @ 5:30 pm
Siberian Solstice, a musical group from northwest Ohio, will present a concert of traditional Christmas music and other classical pieces Dec. 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 935 W. Bigelow Ave. The 7 p.m. concert will be preceded by a soup and sandwich supper from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the church’s Community Life Center. The concert and supper are free and open to the public. A freewill offering to benefit the band will be collected during the concert and a freewill offering to benefit the Trinity Youth Group will be collected during the dinner.
Gaudete: The It’s Not Quite Christmas Yet Concert 7:30 pm
Gaudete: The It’s Not Quite Christmas Yet Concert @ Freed Center
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm
The Ohio Northern University Wind and Symphony orchestras will play at the “Gaudete: The It’s Not Quite Christmas Yet” concert. The Wind Orchestra will present Ron Nelson’s “Lauds”; Yasahide Ito’s “Gloriosa”; David Gillingham’s “Providence”; and Robert Reynolds’ arrangement of Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium.” The Symphony will perform “Psalm and Fugue” by Alan Hovhaness; Copland’s “Variations on a Shaker Melody”; and Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite No. 1.”
A Festival of Lessons and Carols 2:30 pm
A Festival of Lessons and Carols @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
Dec 11 @ 2:30 pm
Bluffton University’s Camerata Singers and University Chorale will headline “A Festival of Lessons and Carols,” the university’s Christmas choral concert. Dr. Mark J. Suderman, professor of music, and Jonathan Wey, visiting conductor, will conduct Camerata Singers, a select chamber choir, and the University Chorale, a 56-member mixed ensemble. Accompanying the choirs and the audience during three carols will be pianist Ana Yoder Coulter, an adjunct instructor. Students from the choirs will serve as Scripture readers. The readings, taken from prophetic writings about the Messiah’s coming and from the Christmas story, are interspersed with various Christmas pieces. Tickets are available at http://tickets.bluffton.edu or in person at the Marbeck Center information desk.
Fostoria Community Band Holiday Concert 2:30 pm
Fostoria Community Band Holiday Concert @ Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School
Dec 11 @ 2:30 pm
The Fostoria Community Band will present a holiday concert at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School. Some of the pieces that will be performed include “A Christmas Celebration,” “The Spirit of Christmas,” “A Canadian Brass Christmas,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Fanfare Prelude: Adeste Fidelis.” The Tuba Family Players, a nine-piece tuba ensemble, will be featured as they perform “Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog” and “White Christmas.” Co-directors Thomas Schetter and Jeff Buchanan will conduct the 45-member band. Musicians are from Fostoria and the surrounding area and range in age from high school to senior citizens. The concert is being sponsored by the Fostoria Community Arts Council and Ralph Sackett, in honor of the members of the 1923 Fostoria High School Band which was named national champions in the first national high school band competition.